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AERO RACE WHEELS

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

WHEN IT COMES to max­i­miz­ing per­for­mance, the first thing you start with is your bike po­si­tion. Once you’ve di­aled that in, the next most im­por­tant fac­tor to cut­ting time out on the bike course are your wheels. These days triath­letes have a num­ber of choices when it comes to deep dish aero­dy­namic wheels. Typ­i­cally the deeper the rim, the faster the wheels, but if you’re a lighter rider who tends to get buf­feted around in the wind, go­ing for a rim that’s too deep might end up los­ing you time as you find your­self get­ting out of the aero po­si­tion to sta­bi­lize your­self.

The huge in­no­va­tion in the wheel in­dus­try over the last few years has been around clincher rims (a sep­a­rate tube and tire), which now of­ten test faster than tubular (the tube is sewn into the tire and then glued to the rim) wheels. The other big change in re­cent years is that rims are get­ting wider and wider – pro­vid­ing bet­ter road con­tact and aero per­for­mance, too.

We looked at four sets of speedy clincher wheelsets that are sure to help you to some faster bike splits.

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